Online Degree, Online Courses and Distance Learning in Ukraine

About Online Degree, Online Courses and Distance Learning in Ukraine

The era of distance education in Ukraine commenced in the 1980s with the advent of International Research and Training Center of Information Technologies and Systems (IRTC) taking in projects from UNESCO on distance education. But the official legislation to pursue distance learning was signed into effect in July 2000. Since then, the country has the Ukrainian Distance Education Center at the National Technical University in Kyiv. This center was developed with the objective of creating a workable system for post-secondary distance educational options throughout the country, to meet the mandate of the National Program of Information. All the available courses under distance and online learning are recognized not only by the Ministry of Higher Education of Ukraine but are also globally recognized by the WHO, UNESCO, and the European Council. The distance learning schools offering online courses in Ukraine have English as the medium of instruction, making them convenient for a wider number of foreign students.

The discernible advantage of studying through a distance education at home or your workplace is of saving time and money involved in physically attending a university education. Further reduction in costs happens through the availability of the entire methodical equipments on an electronic bearer, which expels the need to buy the text books. Also, the educational fee is at least 10 percent less than at the corresponding faculty of the traditional mode of study at the University.

The educational activity of a student pursuing an online degree through a distance learning mode from a Ukrainian university is organized by having an access to educational-methodical materials on the server of the University. These online education resources include lecture materials, with references to Internet resources, training tests, and also assignments for written work and thematic chats.

In Ukraine, an academic year is calculated from September to May; and a student pursuing distant education is required to make only one physical visit to the University in May-June for a session control. According to the place of his residence, a student can also get to work at an educational-consulting center of the University. Depending upon the University in question, or its structural subdivision in a regional center, a credit-examinational session for students enrolled in the distance studying courses, is carried out by means of a personal meeting between an examiner and the student.

From a historical perspective, Ukraine has always carried the reputation for having a high quality a credible system of universities. As of March 2010, Ukraine had 881 universities, colleges and technical schools. The National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy have been featured in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, at 1,346 and 2,055 respectively, out of 8,000. Notably, both these universities are continuously involved in adapting to the innovative technologies in distant education. 

Currently, Ukraine spends more on its education system as a percentage of its entire GDP as well as the total government expenditure than many of the more popular international destination countries for higher education. Considering such facts, an option of studying in Ukraine is certainly worthy of some consideration.

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